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January 10, 2011

Around the World in a Solar Airplane


25.10.2010 - Three world records for Solar Impulse

On 7 July 2010, just before 7 in the morning, the prototype Solar Impulse HB-SIA took off from Payerne military airfield for a memorable flight. André Borschberg piloted the solarpowered aircraft with a wingspan of 64 metres on a non-stop flight lasting more than 26 hours. In the night of 7-8 July, the Solar Impulse flew using solar energy stored in the batteries in the course of the day. It was intended to be the longest and highest flight in the history of solar-powered aviation: the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) immediately awarded the Solar Impulse three new world records in the «Solar Powered Airplane» class. Based on the technical organisation and adjudication by the Swiss Aero Club, the FAI ratified the following flight records, owned by André Borschberg:
- Absolute height: 9235 m
- Height gain: 8744 m
- Duration: 26 hours, 10 minutes, 19 seconds


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